Family History Research

The record office has an amazing range of sources that can help with your family history research:

  • free access in the searchrooms to the Library editions of Ancestry and Find My Past
  • Parish collections, including registers of baptisms, marriages and burials
  • Nonconformist collections
  • Poor Law papers
  • Estate and family archives
  • Printed sources from our local studies collections

Our range of leaflets will help you to get started:

Beginning your family history (PDF)

Census records (PDF)

Parish registers and Civil Registration (PDF)

Nonconformist Ancestors (PDF)

Suffolk Family History Society

The local family history society holds various meetings across the county as well as publishing a quarterly journal Suffolk Roots. Members have access to Suffolk Burial Index and other indexes undertaken by the society and it may be able to put you in touch with others who have done similar research. For membership details and general information on the society see

https://www.suffolkfhs.co.uk/